Whitehouse Lane | North Shields | NE29 8PE
0191 643 2890

SEND Local Offer

Whitehouse Primary School is a fully inclusive school who ensures that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally.

Our Local Offer lets you understand how we support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
We consult with pupils and their families on our local offer by meeting with parents regularly through SEN reviews, parents’ evenings and informal meetings, these can be prompted by parents, teachers or external professionals.

How will school support my child and their additional needs?

Children are identified as having a special educational need when their level of progress has become a cause for concern. Interventions are quickly put in place to cater for individual needs.

Who will explain this to me?

Our SENCO overseas all support and progress of any child requiring additional support across the school.
We will let families know about any concerns about a pupil’s learning by contacting and arranging an information meeting to discuss next steps. Class teachers will liase with the SENCO (Miss Ogden) to discuss matters further.

What support is provided for my child?

When a pupil is identified as having special educational needs, we support their development and progress by using provision maps to monitor the support given to all children with additional needs and to review the use of resources to maximise the effectiveness. Small group work, individual support and support within the classroom should ensure your child meets their individual targets. Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) will allow class teachers to differentiate work and provide support where needed. Individual support is used to teach, practice and develop skills related to targets on their IEP’s. Support staff will have a clear understanding of targets and how to achieve them.

Support staff are placed where they are needed throughout the school to ensure pupil progress and independence. 1:1 and small group work is encouraged where needed to support individual needs. Interventions are put into place where and when needed and these are reviewed on a regularly basis.

Who will support my child?

The other people / agencies and teams providing services to children with a special educational need / disability in school include:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Team
  • Language and Communication Team
  • Children’s Services
  • Dyslexia Team
  • Public Health
  • Sensory Services
  • Pupil Referral Outreach Team
  • GPs
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ethnic Minorities and Travellers Asylum Seekers

We will work in partnership with other education providers to ensure that pupils make a successful transition to the next stages of their learning, through careful and coordinated planning of the transition. We provide scheduled transition days to the local secondary school and further visits for vulnerable children, we liase with staff, including form teachers and SENCOs of the transitional schools. Should children need to transfer to specialist provision; a transition plan will be put in place.

What training have the staff supporting children with additional needs had / are currently having?

All staff have completed, and will continue to receive, ongoing training in special educational needs and disabilities including:

  • Reading Recovery
  • Boosting Reading Potential
  • First Class at Number
  • 1:1 tution (Year 6 only)
  • 1st Class for writing
  • Social Nurture Groups
  • SEAL

Our fully qualified / trained Special Educational Needs Coordinator provides advice and guidance to staff in relation to any concerns which may arise. A member of staff has the accreditation of The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASC).

How will my family be supported?

The school works in partnership with families to help them support their children’s learning outside of school.

  • Learning mentors
  • Open school policy
  • Education, Health and Care Plans will be annually reviewed
  • Family entrepreneur
  • Parent Partnership

Families are also signposted to services / organisations through the Local Offer.

What else may I need to know?

Behaviour and anti-bullying policies are regularly reviewed with a focus on how they affect pupils’ with special educational needs or disabilities.

Other useful documents such as our Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Policy are also available on the school website.
The school’s self-evaluation process will look at teaching and learning for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
All school-related activities are evaluated in terms of their benefit to the learning and inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

If you would like further information about what we offer here at Whitehouse Primary School then please contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator on: Miss Kieran Ogden on 0191 2006346.

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